If you were expecting another “Oh, Lord! It’s Monday!” post, it’s not happening today. There’s something bigger and more important on my heart–in fact–it’s been on my heart since early yesterday morning. You see, I made a mistake–I spend some time on Facebook. One of the groups that I follow is the United Methodist Clergy Page. I knew there would be some posts about the recent SCOTUS ruling on Roe V. Wade. The ruling, which by the way, doesn’t ban abortions. It puts the issue where it Constitutionally belongs–with the States. And corrected an earlier SCOTUS that misapplied the Fourth Amendment’s provisions against unreasonable searches and seizures to include the right to privacy. And since abortion is a “private” matter, it is Constitutionally guaranteed. Anywho–here’s what one of my fellow UMC Clergy said that prompted a reply from me (of course).
Huh? So there are no verses that describe principles anywhere in the N.T.? I couldn’t let this one slide. Here’s what I said:
Well, needless to say, this alleged Clergyperson did not like my reply. And this is what this “person of sacred worth who does not see other lives having sacred worth” said:
A conceived child is “exactly the same as a tumor in a body”! Really? Oh, John Wesley, how far has your vision and dream fallen into the depths of hell! Obviously this alleged clergyperson did not think it through. What does a tumor do to a body? It fills the person with fear and dread. It continues to grow until it destroys that body. And what does a baby do? It grows and develops, and then enters the world. And once in the world, that baby has the potential to find a cure for pancreatic cancer–design technology that improves the quality of life for the rest of the world–be a world peacemaker–the potential is unlimited. In fact, that potential existed while that child was in the mother’s womb. All that child needed to begin the journey to reach that potential was the opportunity to be born.
“A fetus is the POTENTIAL for a child. NOT a child.” I am at a loss for words that someone who claims to proclaim the Good News of The Kingdom of God could proclaim such an idea. Well–not really at a loss for words. “Vile! Mean! Depraved! Uncaring! Vicious! Nefarious! Warped! Noxious! Nasty! Disgusting!” Folks, this perspective of “a baby is just like a turmor” didn’t just appear suddenly. It’s been carefully developed over the past several decades. It comes directly from the President and Dean of Hell University. And it does not–nor will it ever fit into–the Narrative Of The Kingdom Of God!
So how do you and I react to the comments of this idiot? Let’s continue to show the sanctity of all human life–born and yet to be born. Let’s fill this culture with compassion for those who have chosen to have an abortion. Let’s get involved in increasing the quality of life for the least, the last, and the lost. And one more thing I will say–let’s work to decrease the costs related to adoption. Many couples I know would love to adopt and would provide a warm and loving home for a child–but the costs were prohibited.
And if there was ever any doubt about leaving the UMC–that doubt is gone. I have several friends who want me to stay in the UMC–but how can I effectively proclaim The Good News Of The Kingdom when the climate and environment within the UMC produces this kind of repulsive thinking? OK, rant is over!